Trail Formalization Associate

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Compensation: $41,887 - $48,170

The Division of Environment and Planning aims to protect, restore, and expand New York City's green spaces and natural areas to maximize their benefits for environmental and community health and resilience. The Natural Resources Group within Environment and Planning manages over 10,000 acres of natural areas across the five boroughs, including forests, grasslands, and wetlands, and has secured tens of millions of dollars of grant from state, federal and private sources over the past decades to fund the restoration and management across these ecosystems.


  • Reporting to the Trails Formalization Coordinator, work independently within a large team to contribute to a portfolio of trail formalization projects of natural areas of parkland.
  • Collect and compile field data in natural areas on trail features, conditions, status, surface, and other management needs within natural areas.
  • Summarize and analyze trail-related data to inform management decisions including trail formalization and improvement projects.
  • Assist in creation of draft trail maps for use in reviewing trails with park managers and for trail improvement projects.
    • Assist trail crews and other partner groups in tracking trail improvement and formalization efforts toward quantifiable metrics and prepare reports on project progress.
  • Provide data and technical content as needed to support development of grant applications and proposals with partners inside and outside the Agency.
  •  Interact with colleagues and the public in a courteous and professional manner.


  • High school graduation or equivalent and three years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to duties described above; or
  • Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” above.
  • Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required within 90 days of hire for all other candidates.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Ability to work outdoors for long hours in NYC natural areas in various weather conditions.
  • Basic understanding of the flora of the NYC region, including native and problematic plant species.
  •  Strong communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with technical tools and computer software, including ArcGIS and handheld data collection tools.
  • Valid New York State driver license.

Additional Information

Job ID No. 593521

Contact Information

NYC Parks
Contact Name: Kip Stein
Website: Apply Online